Why do it?

Dentbros Chippy Hackee (Chip) with his family
Dentbros Chippy Hackee (Chip) with his family
Dentbros Mr Pricklepin (Pudding) with his mum
Dentbros Mr Pricklepin (Pudding) with his mum
Dentbros Cecily Parsley (Wispa) with her mum
Dentbros Cecily Parsley (Wispa) with her mum
Dentbros Appley Dapply (Bea) with her mum
Dentbros Appley Dapply (Bea) with her mum
Wispa already well settled on day 1
Wispa already well settled on day 1
Bea with the rest of her family
Bea with the rest of her family
Pudding with his dad and brother Toggle (from my 2nd litter)
Pudding with his dad and brother Toggle (from my 2nd litter)
Chip enjoying his new garden - plenty of work to do!
Chip enjoying his new garden – plenty of work to do!

What could be more fantastic than producing a puppy who will give so much joy and pleasure to their family?  Producing four of them, of course!  (Well 31 of them altogether)  The questions I am asked the most as a breeder are “How do you let them go?” and “Aren’t you sad when they leave?”  The answers I always give are “Easily!” and “No!”  Hopefully these pictures show why.  As I said on the last pupdate, eight week-old Border Collie puppies are hard work, so that is one reason I am pleased to say goodbye.  But the main reason is that it is just so lovely to see so much happiness on those faces and know that I have done the absolutely best job that I can.

Today I received confirmation that my Assured Breeder Assessment visit was deemed to be ‘Satisfactory’ (it’s the highest you can get – the Kennel Club are demonstrating evidence of all criteria, so it’s not possible for them to add value judgements).  I am proud of the quality of my breeding work and I know that my puppies will be the best that they can be.

Girls gone, boys being boys

I spy with my little eye...4 puppies?
I spy with my little eye…4 puppies?
I'm such a big boy now
I’m such a big boy now
Last night altogether
Last night altogether
Wispa settling into her new home
Wispa settling into her new home
and Bea very confident in hers
and Bea very confident in hers
Happy 5th Birthday Luna!
Happy 5th Birthday Luna!

Two down, two to go!  I was due to be away this weekend so I let the girls go at 7 weeks, because both homes have other collies and lots of experience (although I’m not sure they realised exactly what they were letting themselves in for!)  They have both settled in really well and are obviously very popular 😀

I have the two boys until next weekend. They are hard work now, as they play for most of the day and can be very destructive, if they are not managed!  Because they live in my house, not outside or in kennels, they have plenty of space to run around and of course they do get frequent cuddles and interaction.  I am working through the Kennel Club’s Socialisation Plan, which suggests activities for the first 16 weeks (after which, according to the BBC2 programme “6 Puppies and Us” they are no longer able to learn anything! Don’t get me started :-/) so they have met people with beards, hats and high heels for example (and very fetching Jamie looked ;-))

Gardening time!

This cotoneaster is much too bushy
This cotoneaster is much too bushy
everyone knows roses need a good hard prune
everyone knows roses need a good hard prune
I'm the sweetest
I’m the sweetest
no, I'm the sweetest
no, I’m the sweetest
actually, I think you'll find I am the sweetest
actually, I think you’ll find I am the sweetest (and naughtiest!)
looking a bit bigger now! A quick snack before lunch
A quick drink before lunch – they just about still fit
Our first trip in the car
Our first trip in the car
A huge hit with the vet staff
A huge hit with the vet staff
"hey Busy, come under here with me"
“hey Busy, come under here with me” whispered Wispa
"oh bother, I don't fit like I used to" says Busy
“oh bother, I don’t fit like I used to” says Busy

Lovely to have so much sunshine at this time of year, so the pups are able to get into the garden to play – not so nice for my plants perhaps!  They love charging about and playing hide and seek, chase and peepbo – all the games that babies love to play.  They come tearing over when I call them, “Puppy puppies!” and they are even starting to learn their names.

This morning they went round the corner to the vet’s for their microchips and general check-over.  They were as good as gold and extremely popular 🙂 Not much longer now..